Derek Bernard , chairman of the Jersey association, said that the vote had been 12-1 in favour of the direct flight option and that he had contacted the charter airline today to confirm the booking and price.’The best quote for the charter was from a firm in Aberdeen, for a BAe 146 to do a double rotation from Jersey to Sunburgh.
I contacted the firm which had offered the best price when I made earlier enquiries – but Guernsey had made their booking the day before.
But the price for the second option, the firm I contacted today, still comes in well under the budget we allowed and, unless there are major oil price rises or some other problem to occur before we go, I’m confident we’ll be able to keep it that way.’And in order to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum, it is hoped that the empty legs of the flight can be sold to those Shetland Islanders who might wish to take a holiday in Jersey while the Games are on.Also at last night’s meeting, it was confirmed that the Jersey Golf Association will be sending a team of five – four junior golfers funded by the Vardon Trust and a team manager – to compete in Shetland.’Two fund-raising events were also announced,’ Mr Bernard said.’The first is the first-ever public showing of a film called Kota Mama 3, which will be presented by Colonel John Blashford-Snell at the Pomme d’Or in March.
The second is the Thousand Challenge which will take place on 10 and 11 July, exactly one year before the Games, at Les Quennevais.
Each sport participating in the Games will be encouraged to take up the challenge, to raise the profile of their sport and, we hope, to raise sponsorship to help them with the cost of getting to the Games.’The ‘Thousand’ might, for example, mean swimmers doing 1,000 lengths of a pool and hurdlers jumping 1,000 hurdles, and it is hoped the event will also be a fun day out for the public.